Christmas is without a doubt the hardest time of the year. I love Christmas and always have from a little girl because it's a time when family come together. I love the music, the dark nights. I love cuddling up on the sofa watching Christmas films with the tree shining it's twinkly lights. But despite … Continue reading The Hardest Time Of The Year
The human body is an incredible thing. Depression is a mental illness and is sometimes described as an 'invisible illness' with some people being able to live their lives and keep their depression to themselves. From the outside looking in you would never know of their daily internal struggles. But depression can also be physical. … Continue reading Can depression physically hurt?
Having recently been appointed as a Mental Health Ambassador for England Athletics I wanted to take a moment to explain firstly why I am excited to take on this role and why I hope that sharing my experiences may help other people to see that there is no shame in Mental Health. I am no … Continue reading Mental Health Ambassador – #runandtalk
With Eating Disorder Awareness Week taking place next week 27th - 5th March it's a little reminder just how crucial awareness of this 'silent' illness is. Eating disorders are a very secretive illness. Using myself as an example, to begin with I looked fine, my favourite phrase was 'I'm fine' or 'I'm ok' and I … Continue reading Giving the silent illness a voice
There are lots of misconceptions surrounding Eating Didorders, here are 8 main myths that stand out to me and need to be challenged. 1. Anorexia is a phase It can often be thought that anorexia or bulimia are 'phases' that someone can and will 'grow out of'. This couldn't be further from the truth and … Continue reading Myths and Misconceptions
This time last year I was going into an inpatient unit to begin a recovery programme. I was weak, had little energy and just walking up the stairs gave me palpitations and left me breathless. Last weekend I ran my first half marathon. Needless to say I am extremely proud at how far I have … Continue reading I Only Went And Did It!
A couple of years ago I was offered inpatient treatment. It was strongly advised that I admit myself into an eating disorder unit and when I refused I was almost sectioned. I don't quite know how I avoided it. The papers were as good as signed but I talked the talk and escaped that route. … Continue reading Taking A Chance